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'AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE OUR LOVE FOR CHRIST' Pope calls for support for Church's worldwide mission on World Mission Sunday " sing the occa- sion of World Mission Sunday to "implore from the Lord an ever greater zeal for evangeliza- tion," Pope John Paul II, in his mes- sage for that celebra- tion, October 22, also called for support for the Missions through the So- ciety for the Propagation of the Faith. "May World Mission Sunday be a great oppor- tunity to prove our love for Christ and for our neigh- bor," the Holy Fa- ther said. "May it also be a suitable" time to realize that each of us must see that prayers, sacri- fice and concrete support for the mis- sions.., are not lacking." The Pope noted that the Propagation of the Faith, "whose task it is to organize World Mis- sion Sunday," and the other Pon- tifical Missionary Societies m So- ciety of St. Peter Apostle, Mis- sionary Union of Priests and Re- ligious, and Holy Childhood As- sociation- were "indispensable structures of formation for coop- eration and.., for supporting all missionaries..." ope John Paul directed a spe- cial message of prayers and gratitude to missionaries, in par- ticular, to those missionaries "who are suffering for the name of Jesus." "You have dedicated your whole life to God in order to wit- ness among the nations to the risen Lord," the Holy Father said. "Do not let yourselves be dis- couraged by doubt, difficulty, re- cpe John Paul says: "Our faith in Christ opens our eyes to see be',ond our ou, n parish community to the life of the universal Church and the needs of the world around us." These words, spoken in the heart of Africa, remind us that each one of us is called to be a mis- sionary: here, today, right where we are. t i noted, adding jection, perse- cution.., con- tinue without faltering, along the path you have taken with so much faith and gener- osity." E very Chris- tian is calledtobe Jesus' wit- n.sinthe world, the Pope this assurance: "Every Christian knows he or she can count on the presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit." O 'GO FORTH FROM THE LAND OF YOUR KINSFOLK... TO A LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU' Genesis 12:1 nd where the wings a bush plane stir memory of God's enfold- ing words: "...I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself." i, (Above) Father Patrick Patten, C.S.Sp., from Detroit, Flying Medical Service, Arusha, Tanzania (Right) Sister Teresa Feeley, D.C. from Bahimrre, missionarylnurse, Santa Cruz, Bolivia tl tt tt tRim Currently, there are some 5,400 Americans serving in the Missions; men and women who have heard the Lord's call to "go forth..." in faith. and where roadside ealing blends cap- sule and salve with Healer's compassion, where more is soothed than aching throat as love darts from heart to heart. t t ttt .and where ands make wood chips fly, and fingers of the mind can know the feel of the Cross borne by a man they called the carpenter's son. ( Abca,e ) Bisb@ Raymond Kalisz, S. V.D. , from Melvindale, Michigan, Bishop of Wewak, Papua New Guinea WORLD MKSSION NEWS is a publication for the Propagation of tlw Faith for the celebration of World Mission Sunday, October 22,1995